Economies may rock and roll, natural disasters may devastate our planet but our faith in tea and/or coffee goes on forever depending on where we grew up – or at least that is what I assumed until I read this article. . I always drink tea when in Britain or Australia and coffee in Europe and the US. We welcome guests from Australia, NZ and Britain only if they bring a month’s supply of my favourite teas with them. And to be honest I can’t get my day started unless I slosh with at least 3 or 4 cups of good black tea. I am sorry but this is one place where I will never be satisfied with something that is grown locally.
I have never forgotten the first time I asked for a cup of tea in the US and received a cup of luke warm water with a tea bag sitting beside it. Talk about culture shock. It doesn’t get much worse than that. I know that Americans don’t know how to make a good cup of tea so I am not sure how I should respond to this news – It appears that tea has been discovered by Silicon Valley and is being toted by some as the drink of the future.
“It’s one of those things where you want to turn to something really natural and from the Earth — and from something that isn’t going to give you a big crash,” Rose told Wired.com. “Once you start consuming tea it makes sense: This is the best of all worlds.” read more
Now I agree that tea is the best of all worlds, but I cannot imagine it becoming the drink of choice for the average American. However I can always live in hope – and maybe, just maybe, one of these days I will even dare to ask for a cup of tea in an American restaurant and not expect to get something that looks and tastes like lukewarm dishwater. What do you think? What is your drink of choice and how does it shape your life?